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Man Who Struck Trooper on I-86 Charged:


The New Jersey man that struck State Trooper Craig Foglia on I-86 in May has now been charged.  78-year-old Kenneth Aukett has been issued traffic tickets for misdemeanor reckless driving, and violations of failing to move over and yield to an emergency vehicle, fail to reduce speed, and driving across hazard markings on the roadway.  Aukett rear-ended Foglia’s vehicle while he was conducting a traffic stop on May 17th and seriously injured him.



Preliminary Hearing Waved for Mother of Abandoned Baby:


The 17-year-old accused of abandoning her baby for dead in Elmira was in court Friday for what was supposed to be a preliminary hearing, however, the prosecution and defense have reached a deal, waiving the hearing and the possibility of extradition to Harriette Hoyt’s home state of Pennsylvania.  In exchange, Hoyt received a reduced bail and an open file discovery from the district attorney.  Hoyt’s attorney said that the next step is for the district attorney to present the case to the grand jury.  If the grand jury votes to indict the next proceedings will be in Chemung County Court.



Reed Issues Statement Condemning Charlottesville Rally, Governor Starts Petition:


Representative Tom Reed issued a statement Saturday condemning the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.  He said he’s “outraged by the violence and senseless death that occurred (Saturday) in Charlottesville and condemn(s) those who would abuse our freedoms and divide us with bigotry.”  He added that “hatred will never have a place in the true American spirit,” and he offered his condolences to the families of the victims.  Also, in the wake of the ire drawn by President Trump’s statement that said there was “violence on many sides,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo launched a petition Sunday calling for the President to recognize that the rally in Virginia was led by white nationalists, including Ku Klux Klan members.



Corning Launching Pedestrian Safety Campaign:


The City of Corning is launching a pedestrian safety campaign where uniformed and plain clothed police officers will be handing out materials on various pedestrian regulations.  Police will also target drivers who fail to give pedestrians the right of way.  The business district and side streets are expected to be the focus.



Rescheduled H-port Music in the Park Event Tonight:


After being cancelled earlier this summer due to rain, It’s My Party will finally head to Hammondsport tonight for its Music in the Park concert.  Music in the Park is a free event from 6 to 8 p.m. in the village square.  Also tonight, in honor of the 60s themed musical guest, there will be ice cream sandwiches available at 1960s prices – only a dime. 



6th Annual Red Knights Bucket Brigade 8/26:


The Red Knights New York Chapter 42 motorcycle club of Bath are having their 6th annual Bucket Brigade Charity ride on Saturday, August 26th to benefit the “Wounded Warrior Project.”  The ride will start at the Bath Volunteer Fire Department and go through the Bath VA Center via Morris Street and out of town via Route 54, and continue approximately 100 miles around the Finger Lakes region ending at the Hammondsport Fire Department’s “Smoke on the Water” BBQ competition.  The cost of the ride is $15 for drivers and $5 for passengers.  Registration is from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. that morning and the ride will start promptly at 10 a.m.  For more information, call (814) 203-0029.  

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